Monday, September 8, 2008

What The Quebec Media Are Saying

From The CBC:

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion has the most to win or lose heading into this federal election – especially in Quebec.

And he faces a steep climb in La Belle Province, if Quebec pollsters, pundits and political watchers are to be believed.

Dion and the Liberals appear to be in trouble in Quebec, the Bloc Québécois has lost its footing, while Steven Harper and the Conservatives are enjoying an unprecedented swell of support in the province – at least outside Montreal – that has the chattering class whispering about 1984.

“In Quebec, it’s a disaster” for the Liberals, Montreal newspaper La Presse proclaimed in its top story headline Thursday, Sept. 4. “The Liberals’ morale is at zero.”

The Quebec Liberal election team is in panic mode, the newspaper reported. The party is “heading to the slaughterhouse” in 75 ridings, especially outside its traditional Montreal bastion.

The Quebec Grits lack money, organization and star candidates to bolster their troops, according to influential party insiders quoted in the story.

Some polls put the Liberals second behind the Bloc, in a virtual tie with the Conservatives, while others have Dion decidely in third place, trailing with a scant 20 per cent support.

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